Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) during the game against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

DWI trial for Jay Ratliff delayed until February 20th


Dallas Cowboys’ defensive tackle Jay Ratliff had his trial for driving while intoxicated delayed until well after the football season is over.

Originally scheduled for Thursday morning, Ratliff won’t have to deal with the drunk driving case until February 20th according to his attorney, Tom Pappas.

Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas gives the story of what happened in Ratliff’s DWI incident.

Ratliff was arrested in Grapevine in the early-morning hours of Jan. 22 after he crashed his 2011 Ford pickup truck into an 18-wheeler. After a search warrant for his blood was issued more than two hours later, tests determined that Ratliff’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, according to Grapevine police.

Ratliff’s story has been buried under what happened with Cowboys’ former backup defensive tackle, Josh Brent. Brent was involved in a crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown Jr. and controversy surrounded Brent as he hung around the team after the accident. He later retired.

Ratliff is expected to play in the Cowboys’ opener against the New York Giants on September 8th.

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  • Sam Lane

    Why not go to trial after the first regular season game, if history is the guide, chances are very high Ratliff will be warming the sideline bench with a “new” injury after the first game. Highest paid, least productive and lowest IQ, wood warmer in the NFL.